Course: Identity Building

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Course title Identity Building
Course code KAP/TI
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Naxera Vladimír, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Rosůlek Přemysl, Doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction 2. Identities and theories 3. National identity - A. D. Smith 4. Identity in a post-ideological era 5. Comparative identity construction 6. European identity construction 7. Identity construction in totalitarian and authoritarian regimes - national socialism and real socialism 8. Identity construction in the English-speaking world. USA (melting pot, salad bowl), UK etc. 9. Identity construction and France 10. Identity construction in Eastern and Southeastern Europe (Ukraine and FYROM) 11. Identity construction in the post-colonial world

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Students' self-study, Self-study of literature, Textual studies
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will be able to identify the specific theoretical approaches to identity construction. They will be able to apply these theories in analyses of identities produced by different cultural contexts. Students will also be able to explain identity changes connected with the transition from modernity to postmodernity, as well as interpret various case studies introduced during the course.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Textual studies
Students' self-study
Self-study of literature
assessment methods
Combined exam
Recommended literature
  • Anderson, Benedict. Imagined communities : reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism. London : Verso, 2002. ISBN 0-86091-329-5.
  • Gellner, Ernest André. Nacionalismus. 1. vyd. Brno : Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2003. ISBN 80-7325-023-3.
  • Hobsbawm, Eric J. Národy a nacionalismus od roku 1780 : program, mýtus, realita. 1. vyd. Brno : Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2000. ISBN 80-85959-55-0.
  • Smith, Anthony D. Nationalism : theory, ideology, history. 1st pub. Cambridge : Polity, 2001. ISBN 0-7456-2659-9.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Political Science (15-3) Social sciences 1 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Foreign Relations (10-3) Social sciences 2 Summer